• We have 10 discounted tickets to FOWA, right here

    Join TechCrunch Europe and Future of Web Apps in London in October for a pretty awesome two days. Some of the people appearing will be digg’s Kevin Rose, Britt Selvitelle (Twitter), Dave Morin (Facebook), Yehuda Katz (Merb), Francisco Tolmasky (Atlas) and many others. TechCrunch Europe will also be hearing pitches form startups on Oct 2nd at 3:10pm. As part of our media partnership… Read More

  • DIY balancing scooter will make you the envy of geeks everywhere

    I admit it: I would love to have a Segway. Yes, I realize they’re not really all that practical for everyday life in Columbus, OH. Yes, I realize they make you look like a total nerd. I’m prepared to reconcile both of those facts against what I perceive as the unadulterated fun of riding such a contraption. Unfortunately, I don’t have the cash to buy a Segway. If I had… Read More

  • FTC Commends Schmidt For Stepping Down, But The Investigation Continues

    So, by now you’ve probably heard that Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple’s board of directors this morning. You’d think that this would be the end of the FTC investigation into the close ties between Apple and Google, right? Wrong. The FTC has released a statement commending Schmidt and Apple’s mutual decision for him to step down, but it warns that the… Read More

  • The Nikon S1000PJ projector camera leaks out along with three other Coolpix models

    We always knew that Nikon was a leaking ship, adrift in the digital camera sea, but this latest leak proves it. Why bother with embargos and NDAs when most of the info leaks out early anyway. First, it was the D5000, then the D300s and now all these Coolpix cameras that aren’t official yet. This is what we know so far though. Read More

  • Sparks fly as Spark Ventures disagrees with shareholder on future

    Spark Ventures PLC, formerly NewMediaSpark, is an early-stage venture capital investor, operating in Europe for the last 12 years. That makes it an old timer on this nascent scene. But today its third-largest shareholder urged fellow stakeholders to vote against a proposed management buyout. Venture Wire reports that Vine Street Capital, which has an 8% stake, believes the deal is undervalued… Read More

  • Motorola Clutch now in "Graphite" on Boost Mobile

    Lets face it: one look at the Motorola Clutch i465 is all it takes to know if it’s your thing or not. It’s not the prettiest handset on the block by anyone’s take, but it is the only one packing both iDEN (Push-to-talk) and a QWERTY keyboard. Its target audience was already fairly small; take everyone who wants a cell phone, then strip that down to those who want a… Read More

  • Netbook Fight! Gateway LT3103 versus Acer Aspire One 751h

    In the search for affordable 11.6-inch netbooks, you have a couple of enticing choices in the Acer Aspire One 751h and the Gateway LT3103. Both pretty much come from the same company, as Acer owns Gateway, and while the outward look and feel of each system is pretty similar, there are some notable internal differences. Read More

  • Photobucket Founders To Leave News Corp.

    The founders of photo sharing site Photobucket, Alex Welch and Darren Crystal, are leaving News Corp./Fox, we’ve confirmed. The two sold Photobucket to Fox Interactive in May 2007 for around $300 million. Welch and Crystal will leave the company at the end of August. Photobucket attracted 53 million worldwide visitors in June (Comscore worldwide) and remains one of the most popular… Read More

  • Did you know that your iPhone is also a document scanner?

    Oh, look, a legitimately clever use of the iPhone, and one that’s not hard at all to replicate at home. Essentially, you set your iPhone on a raised surface, then you snap away using the phone’s camera. Congratulations, you’ve just created an inexpensive document scanner. Read More

  • More photos of the Praesto Fliegeruhr

    As you know I’m really in love with the Praesto Fliegeruhr. It’s a mechanical automatic watch with nice lume and great styling and it’s not much more expensive than a similar quartz Tissot. Sure it’s a Miyota movement but that’s better than some of the crap they put inside these things. I got some great new pictures and a production run for the new models coming up… Read More

  • Radio Shack rebranding: Why? Why!?

    So Radio Shack – AKA RadioShack – is planning to call itself the Shack. Radio Shack has been Radio Shack for 88 years. Radio Shack should not change its name. I understand that the store is in a unique position right now. Most of its major competitors are gone and it’s going up against Best Buy. It has long been the second place you go when looking for electronics and… Read More

  • Japanese dude faces 2 years in prison, $96,000 fine for hosting 1,000+ Nintendo DS ROMs on Web site

    Here’s a tip: this isn’t 1998, and you shouldn’t go around making “Web pages” that are filled with Nintendo ROMs. If you do, you could end up like the Japanese guy who’s now facing two years in prison and a $96,000 fine. Read More

  • Video: The Nao robot tries so very hard to make your life a little easier

    Well I’ll be: a fancy robot that has nothing to do with Japan. It’s called Nao, and it was designed by a French company called Aldebaran Robotics; it was just on display in Valencia this past week. It’s one of those “helper robots” whose only goal is to help you out when you’re sick. Read More

  • Samsung launching new camera on August 13

    What could it be? A touchscreen camera? Do you tap the camera for it to take a picture? Who knows! We’ll find out on August 13. I doubt it will be the NX or GX-30. Boo! Hop over to the “Tap and Take” teaser site to figure out what’s going on. Tap and Take via DP Review Read More

  • PayFail: PayPal And Its APIs Go Down, Online Shopping Grinds To A Halt

    There’s a mad rush of tips coming into us right now that PayPal’s online purchasing service is down for the count. While the site itself appears to be loading (though very slowly), numerous buyers and venders are reporting that sales are not going through. A quick scan of Twitter tells the same story. And it looks like it has been down for something like an hour and a half… Read More

  • FYI, Sony's VAIO W netbook is available for pre-order from Best Buy

    Sony’s rule-breaking VAIO W netbook (1366×768 resolution screen paired with Atom N280 chip) is now available for pre-order at BestBuy.com if you’d prefer to order it there instead of directly through Sony or some other retailer. Read More

  • Rumor: Netflix Streaming Coming To The iPhone

    One big story today is that Netflix added ABC content to its streaming service (it actually did this a couple days ago when episodes of Lost started appearing). But there’s a potentially hotter Netflix streaming rumor floating around out there right now: That it’s coming to the iPhone. Multichannel News wrote a story a few days ago that Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless slashes most smartphone prices to $99

    Huzzah! Verizon knows what’s up. The prices of its smartphones have been slashed, cut, and discounted down to iPhone 3G levels. Every single smartphone – expect for the new BlackBerry Tour and Samsung Saga – can be had for $99 or less on-contract. This means that the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, and Samsung Omnia are now only $99 straight up. It’s like Verizon… Read More

  • Apple bans App Store's 3rd-most prolific developer

    Over the past few weeks, Apple has been much-maligned for keeping apps such as Google Voice off the App Store. These weren’t some random garbage apps; there was no farting, or baby shaking. Google Voice apps are utilities which many have come to rely on, and thus many (including TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington) are none too happy with Apple’s blockade. But what if Apple deleted… Read More

  • MySpace Tom Or CraigsList Craig: Who's Tougher?

    Anyone see Funny People this weekend? One of the best movies I’ve seen this year, despite the 10 minute MySpace commercial in the middle of it. The two main characters, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, visit MySpace for a $300,000 paid comedy gig. Among a variety of “f**ck Facebook, In the Face” jokes (said two or three times. really) was some really good material, including… Read More

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